Upcoming Museum Events

Museum Programs

& Community Partnered Events

(in chronological order)

Lunch & Learn

TOPIC: Freedom Award
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00pm
Where: NCRM Links Education Center
Cost: Free and open to the public

A behind the scenes discussion on the history of the Freedom Award Ceremony and Public Forum events and how they are planned are presented.

Speaker: Connie Dyson, Museum Communications Coordinator.

For more information contact Barbara Andrews at (901) 521-9699 x2223.

The Museum’s monthly Lunch & Learn Program is a free program held every third Wednesday. Guests take advantage of a mid-day break to learn about civil rights history or current issues from museum staff or guest speakers. The 2014 series is sponsored by The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation.


Past Museum Events

(in order of most recent events)  

Music and the Movement

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00pm
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Hooks•Hyde Hall
Cost: FREE for Members – $10 Non-Members, Family and Group Rates Available

Listen to music that inspired action, shared coded messages, and raised spirits of people in the Movement featuring music from African Polyrhythms to James Brown Funk. Unique stories behind freedom songs are interpreted in the museum experience. The evening will include a brief museum tour that shows how music influenced episodes of the civil rights movement over time, followed by panel discussion and live music.


  • Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Professor of Art History and the African Diaspora, University of Memphis
  • Levon Williams, Curator of Collections and Registrar at STAX Museum of American Soul Music
  • Dr. Eddie Yancey, History Professor at the University of Memphis

For more information contact Jeanette O’Bryant at (901) 521-9699 x2237.

Member Registration

Non-Member Registration


Leadership Academy

TOPIC: Work and School Responsibility
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: NCRM Links Education Center
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Shelby County Chapter of Links, Incorporated present the Leadership Academy Life Skills Workshop Series.  This session is the first of seven monthly sessions with a variety of topics including goal setting, health and fitness, financial literacy and communication skills.  The Leadership Academy is an eight month life skills program open to African-American young men in the eleventh and twelfth grades. It consists of seven workshops, several enrichment activities, and at least one community service project that teach the value and importance of non-academic endeavors. The focus is to help the participants become well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life after high school, equipped with a new sense of self-development.

For more information email Tamara Turner or visit Shelby County Links Chapter website.

Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s G.O.T. Power Series

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Privilege & Oppression Awareness
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Links Education & Cultural Center
Cost: $20 – $45 Sliding scale

Learn to recognize oppression and privilege within ourselves and others in a safe space. G.O.T. Power is a training program committed to building the community’s capacity by developing skills in grassroots organizing, providing support to people doing community work, and offering oppression awareness and liberation education. For more info call Gio Lopez at  (901) 725-4990 or register online.

Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s G.O.T. Power Series

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Labor & Liberation Workshop
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Links Education & Cultural Center
Cost: $20 – $45 Sliding scale

Explore the complexities of the labor movement in intersection with people’s diverse identities as workers and how they identify their personal histories and lives with the history of labor movement.  It’s for Everyone who would like to learn about their identity as a worker and how they can identify as a part of the labor movement.

*Minimum 12, maximum 20 participants who register

G.O.T. Power is a training program committed to building the community’s capacity by developing skills in grassroots organizing, providing support to people doing community work, and offering oppression awareness and liberation education. For more info call Gio Lopez at  (901) 725-4990 or register online.

50th Anniversary of Lifeblood Blood Drive

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 11:00am-7:00pm
Where: Mulberry Street on Museum Campus
Cost: Blood Donation.  Donors receive $2 Off Museum Admission

In celebration of 50 years of serving the Mid-South, and in observance of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Lifeblood hosted a community blood drive at the NCRM. The event also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Memphis-based, music group, the legendary BAR-KAYS, who were present to meet and greet visitors.  Donors received free prizes, food giveaways, and $2 off museum admission.  For more information contact Debra Brown, Lifeblood Community Relations Director, at (901) 529-6323.

Special Lunch & Learn: Racial Reckoning, Book Talk with author Renee Romano

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:00pm
Where: Links Education Center
Cost: Free and open to the public

In her book, Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America’s Civil Rights Murders, Renee C. Romano brings readers into the courthouse for the trials of the civil rights era’s most infamous killings, including the Birmingham church bombing and the triple murder of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner. Courtroom procedures, however, worked against a deeper exploration of the state’s complicity in murder or a full accounting of racial injustices, past or present. Yet the media and a new generation of white southerners—a different breed from the dying Klansmen on trial—saw the convictions as proof of the politically rehabilitated South and stamped “case closed” on America’s legacy of violent racism.

Romano shows why addressing the nation’s troubled racial past will require more than legal justice.  She is Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies at Oberlin College.

For more information contact Ryan Jones, Museum Educator, at (901) 521-9699 x2235.

 National Voter Registration Day

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:00am-7:00pm
Where: Links Education Center, Mulberry Street
Cost: FREE – It’s your right!

The Museum exhibits document how so many fought, bled, and died for the right to vote. Let’s make sure their sacrifice is not in vain, especially as next year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. With so many important elections being held, millions of people registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day, September 23.  National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure our family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. For more information, contact Jody Stokes-Casey at (901) 521-9699 x2289.

Tavis Talks: Book Talk & Signing

When: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: Book – Death of A King
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Hooks•Hyde Hall
Cost: FREE; Book Purchase – $27

Tavis Smiley, highly regarded bestselling author and host of his own PBS show, reveals a dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination from his new book, Death of a King. Smiley’s book paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. It’s an exceptional glimpse into King’s life – one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero. After the discussion, Mr. Smiley signed books purchased from the Museum.  Book price is $27.  Event was FREE to the public.

For more information contact Faith Morris at (901) 527-1226.

Black Angels Over Tuskegee

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre, S. Main Street
Cost: $55.50 – $65.50 at Orpheum Box Office. Online tickets incur processing fees

The Museum presented the highly acclaimed Black Angels Over Tuskegee for a special performance at the Orpheum. Starring Lamman Rucker of the movie “Why Did I Get Married,” this outstanding Off-Broadway play enlightened the audience about the Tuskegee Airmen and their significant contributions to civil and human rights. Black Angel Over Tuskegee is a dramatized account of the Tuskegee Airmen and their fight against prejudice to become World War II heroes.  Click for more info.

Citizenship and the Civil Rights Movement Teacher Workshop

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00am-3:00pm
Focus: Teacher’s Workshop, Teaching with Primary Sources
Where: NCRM’s Links Education Center
Cost: FREE, Certified for Professional Development Hours

This free teacher workshop focused on citizenship and the Civil Rights Movement. Teachers worked with a variety of primary sources from the Library of Congress as well as the NCRM’s Collections. Discussions included classroom activities that aligned with the new social studies standards and ELA Common Core standards. Museum tour and lunch was included.  Educators received professional development hours for attending.  This workshop was hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, as part of the Teaching with Primary Sources Educators Workshop, an education outreach program sponsored by the Library of Congress. For more info contact Kira Duke at (615) 898-2605 or Kira.Duke@mtsu.edu.

One-on-One with Lamman Rucker & Cast Members

When: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Focus: Mentoring African-American Males
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Hooks•Hyde Hall
Cost: FREE, male-centered event

One-on-One with Lamman Rucker & Cast was a conversation with young men and boys. Rucker, star of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” and members of the cast discussed the Tuskegee Airmen whose bravery, dedication, determination and brotherhood are great examples for today’s youth.  The cast engaged in dialogue with the audience about issues they face and the promise for tomorrow. Mothers, fathers, uncles, brothers, mentors, were invited to bring boys and young men for an event that inspired and motivated them.

In the Wake of Ferguson: A Community Discussion

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00pm
Where: National Civil Rights Museum, Hooks•Hyde Hall
Cost: FREE to the public

In light of recent events in Ferguson, MO, the Museum hosted a community discussion featuring community leaders, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and local media commentators.  The format was a panel discussion with audience Q&A. The purpose was to proactively promote reform and reconciliation in the Memphis community.  FREE and open to the public.

• Anthony Berryhill, Memphis Police Department Deputy Director
• Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney
• Stevie Moore, Founder/President, Freedom from Unnecessary Negativity

Les Smith, FOX-13 Reporter & Media Commentator